Judge Aaron Persky, who attracted severe criticism for handing down just six-month prison sentence to an athlete for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, has been removed from a new sexual assault case.
Persky was removed the new case after prosecutors told state authorities that they lacked confidence that the judge could fairly participate in this upcoming hearing.
Calling the move rare & carefully considered, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said, “We lack confidence that Judge (Aaron) Persky can fairly participate in this upcoming hearing in which a male nurse sexually assaulted an anesthetized female patient.”
Persky left the public as well as the legal community surprised and shocked earlier this month, when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, 20, just six months in prison after finding him guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a party in January 2015. Prosecutors had demanded at least a 6-year prison term for the convict.
A juror wrote to Persky saying he was disappointed and “vehemently” disagreed with his decision because the lenient sentence made a mockery of the whole trial.
When contacted for a comment, a spokesperson for Santa Clara County Superior Court said Persky couldn’t comment on the case because Brock Turner is appealing his conviction.
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